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Date: 1998-04-19

Desaster/Daten öffentlich

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q/depesche 98.4.19

Desaster/Daten öffentlich

Auf einen Schlag könnten die Anrainer von etwa 70.000 bestimmten
Lagerplätzen in den USA wissen, dass Grund zur Unruhe ist. Die U.
S. Umweltschutzbehörde erwägt, die Alarmpläne für alle
Chemie/Müll/Sonder/Lager ins Netz zu setzen.
Sogenannte security experts sind dagegen.

Experts - Disaster Data On Net A Hazard 04/17/98
USA TODAY, 1998 APR 17 -- By Traci Watson and Gary Fields, USA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has roiled the
intelligence and
security communities with a proposal to put disaster data about
storage sites on the Internet, USA TODAY has learned.

Outraged security experts say the database would be a convenient
tool for terrorists.

EPA officials say that most of the information is publicly
available anyway and the public has the right to know it.

Congress in 1990 required that the "worst-case scenario" data be
public. The EPA chose the Internet as the best conduit.

The EPA estimates that data on 70,000 sites would be submitted.
The data
would include sites where chemicals are stored, the most
potential accident and plans to respond to such an incident.

The Justice Department and FBI, as well as the CIA and State
Department are working closely with the EPA.

Several members of Congress, including Senate Majority Leader
Trent Lott, have written the EPA to protest the proposal.

FBI agents say putting the data on the Net creates a blueprint for
chemical mayhem.

Some suggest keeping the information in libraries, where access
could be

But the EPA will make the final decision, which is not expected
for at least a month.

"No action will be taken until we come to a resolution with the
involved," says spokeswoman Loretta Ucelli.

The plan was first reported in Sources Investigative eJournal, an
Internet newsletter.

EPA officials point out that previous posting of chemical
information on the Internet prompted companies to cut back use of
hazardous materials and that it is important for people who live
near sites to know the risks they face.

Security experts say they are concerned.

"I don't think we're in opposition to the public knowing these
facilities are present," says Christopher Ronay, formerly with the
FBI, now president
of the Institute of Makers of Explosives. "But I don't think we
want to post on the Internet . . . the facility's (locale) and
exactly what's in it."

(Copyright 1998, USA Today: <A

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